Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has made it clear that he’s not a fan of some of the NCAA rule changes scheduled to take effect this summer. After meeting with his fellow SEC ADs last Friday, he “got that sense everyone was on the same page.”
He also seems to believe the changes could be tweaked or ixnayed altogether before a potential vote to override on March 20th:
“There could be modifications, or it may not even reach the override vote because there may be enough discussion between now and that period of time, to where they may be some adjustments to amendments, or withdrawals, or what have you. I think there are a lot of options that will be discussed by the membership in the next three weeks.”
McGarity also touched on a topic that we brought up on the site yesterday – what happens to all the folks already hired to be extra recruiters if the rules are changed? Just as soon as the presidents said an unlimited number of support personnel could call/text/mail recruits, schools like Alabama began adding additional staffers. So what will those new aides do if things are reversed as expected?
“A lot of people are saying: Well a lot of these schools are getting ahead of the game (by hiring extra recruiters). Well, what happens if there is an override? Well, if they can’t do it, then what are these individual gonna be doing? I think there are a lot of people that are just not aware of what people can do now, and can’t do now.”
McGarity is also concerned about the financial impact of allowing schools to send out an unlimited supply of mailers.
“Just think of how creative poeple can be when there are no restrictions on it. The only thing that does is create additional expenses when, in today’s world of college athletics, there are only a handful of institutions that really generate, at the end of the day…
We (at UGA) have the resources, to a certain level. But what level is that? The rule would let each institution make that decision. But for the good of the game, if you take a step back, our institution, and what’s best for college athletics in general, then basically with the approval of this legislation you would be furthering the separation of the haves and haves not. And right now you would say there are probably 22 haves, and the rest of the programs in the country operate in the red already. I don’t think that’s good for the whole.”
We at MrSEC.com continue to believe the rules passed by the presidents will eventually be flipped. There has been too much backlash from too many schools for the changes to go through as proposed.
But what roles all those new hires at Alabama and elsewhere will play once they’re not allowed to contact recruits is anyone’s guess.